Harry Potter Tuesdays #4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Posted November 12, 2013 by Bee in Reviews, Special Events / 0 Comments

hp tuesdays banner Harry Potter Tuesdays is a new event here on Istyria book blog. I’ve wanted to re-read the books for a long time and since I finally got to do it, I decided to make it extra special. I’m going to review each book and compare the book with the movie. I was inspired by Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog when she read these books for the first time and reviewed them on her blog!

You can find the other posts here:
~ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
~ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
~ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter Tuesdays #4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #4
Pages: 656
Published on July 8th 2000
by Arthur A. Levine Books
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

This is the pivotal fourth novel in the seven part tale of Harry Potter's training as a wizard and his coming of age. Harry wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event that's supposed to take place at the Hogwarts this year, an event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened in a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen year old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards.

And in his case, different can be deadly.

5 Stars
Review

This review will, of course, have some spoilers. If you have lived under a rock for the past ten years or so, please join the living again. You should have read these books a long time ago.

Again, this is the longest book so far. A lot happens in this one. Next to the Triwizard Tournament, we have a series of murders and mysteries and rumors of Voldemort coming back to party. But it starts with Harry going to the Weasleys for the Quidditch World Cup where the Dark Mark appears. At school, the Tournament starts and Harry is chosen even though he didn’t put his name in the Goblet of Fire. A new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, professor Moody. Dobby is also here and Dumbledore. And Sirius too!

We also find out more about Neville, poor guy. His parents are tortured for information but didn’t give in. They paid a high price for that. They don’t even recognize their own son anymore. I really hate the fact that this is left out of all the movies. As far as I can remember, the only thing you find out in the movies is that ‘they suffered a fate worse than death’. Can’t change it now, can we? It is what it is.

It’s a tradition now. Give a few answers, but even more questions. It’s what keeps you reading. What makes you pick up the next book. And I love the world Joanne created. It’s so easy to get lost in. 600 pages of Harry Potter is nothing. I fly through them. Give me another fantasy book with the same amount of pages and it’ll most likely take me a lot longer to get through. Maybe it’s because the writing style is a bit simpler than the other fantasy books I’ve read because this technically still is a series for kids. Could be that. But either way, I love these books.

This is actually the first Harry Potter book I ever read. My brother got it from our dad, but he’s not a reader so he gave it to me. I’d seen the first movie already (in a horrible dutch dub), but this book made me fall in love with all the characters. This is the first time to have read it in English though. I just love how Hermione fights for the rights of a House Elf even though they don’t want them (except for Dobby). Harry grows into a strong wizard, but still is so kind and generous. Ron is stupid for a while for acting the way he did when Harry’s name came out of the goblet of fire, but hey. No friendship is perfect.

Again, my favorite so far! And I keep saying it, if you have never read these books before… Do so immediately or I will hunt you down and slap you.

The book vs. The movie

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Directed by Mike Newell
Produced by David Heyman
Music by Patrick Doyle
Released on 18 November 2005

If you just watch this as a movie thinking of the book, it’s a great movie and a great sequel. The acting is great, the music is great, the story is awesome. But when you do think of the book… It’s not as good. They left out so many important things! And they changed so much!

They just skipped the entire starting scene with the Dursleys and the Riddle mansion. They left out story-lines from Neville and Rita Skeeter. And Hermione too with Viktor Krum and S.P.E.W. Some characters who played a pretty big role in the book either left out or they have a really minor part in the movie. Like Winky, she’s not in it. Dobby isn’t either and Sirius’ part is very very small. And I really don’t like that.

The new characters introduced were great of course. The students from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. Professor Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody,… The acting has gotten better and like I said, if you just watch the movie, it’s great. But if you compare it, it’s a pretty poor adaption in my eyes.

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Bee

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